Saturday, December 01, 2007

GL Brooklyn Gift Guide: Weekend Brooklyn Craft Festivals

We roll out our GL Holiday Gift Guide for the season with a focus on all the Brooklyn craft festivals today and tomorrow. This isn't an exhaustive list, as there are many such events taking place around the borough. Just consider it a small tasting menu. The GL Holiday Gift Guide will be posted regularly between now and the holidays, and we'll try to bring our own focus to the topic in addition to covering some familiar territory. We hope you enjoy it and, even better, find some useful things in one or more of the posts.

Here are some of the Saturday and Sunday craft festivals:

Today (12/1):
PS 39 is having a Winterful Craft Fair from 11AM-4PM at John Jay H.S., 7th ave and 5th St. There will be 50 vendors with "a wide range of crafts," plus food and desserts from local spots and children's arts and crafts all day. There's a magic show from 11:30-12:15 and pics with Santa from 1-3PM.

The Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture is having its Winter Festival on Prospect Park West in Park Slope from 10AM-4PM. They're at 53 Prospect Park West and promise Fair Trade arts and crafts.

Brooklyn Friends School's 28th Annual Holiday Craft Fair is taking
place from 10AM-5PM at 375 Pearl Street, which is near the Brooklyn Marriott. Look for ceramics, sweaters, scarves, musical instruments, jewelry and more. About 40 vendors are expected, plus there will be childcare and activities like a Moon Walk, face painting and performances.

Brooklyn Heights Montessori School Gift Fair 2007 is taking place from 10AM-4PM. The school is located at 185 Court Street and the selection will include jewelry, ceramics, children's clothing and more.

The Brooklyn Artisan Holiday Gift Fair sponsored by the Fifth Avenue Committee will be going from 11AM-6PM. There will be gift items from local artists, music, sweets from Cousin John's Bakery, Erica's Rugelach & Baking Co., plus Hena Coffee and Two Boots. Also on hand will be Isabel Hill, the filmmaker behind the documentary "Brooklyn Matters." Go to 621 DeGraw to find it.

The Clairware Holiday Craft Show will take place both today and tomorrow at 543 Union Avenue. It runs today from 10AM-6PM and tomorrow from 11AM-5PM.

Sunday (12/2):
The Hearts and Crafts Affair, "a network of young, bright and promising craft creators, will offer a selection of their latest work at Café Grumpy’s Greenpoint location (193 Meserole Avenue at Diamond Street) from noon to six pm." Look for jewelry, paper goods, knit ware, confections, clothing, candles, journals, ceramics and drawings by 20 local independent artists and crafters.

The Brooklyn Historical Society is hosting the Fourth Annual New York Creates Holiday Crafts Festival. It runs from Noon-6PM, with additional days being December 6, 7, 8, 14, 15, 22 and 23. The Historical Society says, "Find something for everyone on your holiday gift list under one roof, including unique hand-made gifts by 25 juried Brooklyn and NYC craftartists. Every day will offer a new variety of wearable art, jewelry, accessories, and home gifts for women, children and men." The Society is located at 128 Pierrepont Street at Clinton Street in Brooklyn Heights.



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